Booker T. Washington, born on April fifth, 1856, was born into slavery on the Burroughs’ tobacco farm. His mother was a cook, and his father was a white man from a nearby farm. Despite the small size of the farm Washington always referred to it as a plantation, and his life was not much different from any other slave on the larger plantations. “The early years of my life, which were spent in the little cabin, were not very different from those of other slaves” (Awakening).
As a child he was able to go to school but not in the traditional sense, since at the time it was illegal to educate a slave, he went to school carrying the books of the slave masters daughter, which didn't matter to Washington, he was getting an education by any means necessary. "I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study would be about the same as getting into paradise," (Industrial).
At the age of ten (1865) the Emancipation Proclamation declared that slavery had been abolished and soon after his family moved to his stepfather’s home in Malden, West Virginia. At his stepfather’s house Washington had taken a job at a salt mine that began at 4 A.M., so Washington could take advantage of his new found privilege to schooling. By the time he reached the ripe old age of sixteen he was working as a houseboy to a wealthy woman who encouraged his need to learn. In this same year he walked much of a 500 mile journey back to Virginia to take become educated at Hampton Institute, he was admitted to the Institute by much surprise, by cleaning the head teacher’s room.
To afford this new schooling Washington was back to slave-like tasks for a living but was well on his way to a prosperous life. After his initia...
... middle of paper ...
Washington, Booker T. “The Awakening of the Negro”
n.page. On-Line. Internet. 19 Jan. 2001
Washington, Booker T. “Industrial Education for the Negro”
The Negro Problem Sept. 1903: n.page. On-Line. Internet.
17 Jan. 2001. Available
Washington, Booker T. “Signs of Progress Among the Negroes”
N.page. On-Line. Internet. 19 Jan. 2001
Washington Booker T. britanica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica 19 Jan. 2001 AvailableWWW:http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/printable/3/0,5722,78193,00.html
“Up From Slavery” nps.gov
National Park Service 19 Jan. 2001
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Biography of Booker T Washington Booker T. Washington, born on April fifth, 1856, was born into slavery on the Burroughs’ tobacco farm. His mother was a cook, and his father was a white man from a nearby farm. Despite the small size of the farm Washington always referred to it as a plantation, and his life was not much different from any other slave on the larger plantations. “The early years of my life, which were spent in the little cabin, were not very different from those of other slaves” (Awakening).... [tags: Papers]
681 words (1.9 pages)
- The Tuskegee Machine by David H. Jackson Jr. The Chief Lieutenant of the Tuskegee Machine by David H. Jackson Jr. exemplifies the life of Charles Banks as Booker T. Washington's main abettor, in the Tuskegee Machine. This descriptive autobiography of Charles Banks life's work, gives the reader an insight into the success of Booker T. Washington. Along with the biography of Charles Banks life, the book also addresses the creation and struggles of Mound Bayou. It also gives the reader an inside look on Booker T.... [tags: Biography Booker T Washington]
1840 words (5.3 pages)
- Booker T. Washington's "Up From Slavery" The autobiography of Booker T. Washing titled Up From Slavery is a rich narrative of the man's life from slavery to one of the founders of the Tuskegee Institute. The book takes us through one of the most dynamic periods in this country's history, especially African Americans. I am very interested in the period following the Civil War and especially in the transformation of African Americans from slaves to freemen. Up From Slavery provides a great deal of information on this time period and helped me to better understand the transition.... [tags: Biography Washington Slavery essays]
2566 words (7.3 pages)
- Booker T. Washington was one of the most well-known African American educators of all time. Lessons from his life recordings and novelistic writings are still being talked and learned about today. His ideas of the accommodation of the Negro people and the instillation of a good work ethic into every student are opposed, though, by some well-known critics of both past and current times. They state their cases by claiming the Negro’s should not have stayed quiet and worked their way to wear they did, they should have demanded equal treatment from the southern whites and claimed what was previously promised to them.... [tags: Biography]
2315 words (6.6 pages)
- Booker T. Washington Up from Slavery Booker T. Washington, a well written autobiography. Do you think you have a childhood that would never be forgotten. Well Booker T. Washington does. Around 1858- 1864, Mr. Washington spent the majority of his childhood as a slave; it was he, his mother, his brother John, and his sister Amanda. With Mr. Washington and his family being slaves, they did not have one of the nicest homes on the plantation. In fact, there home was a little more on the jagged side with no beds, fireplaces, or even floors, and there cabin was not just a cabin but it was also the plantations’ kitchen.... [tags: Biography]
774 words (2.2 pages)
- For every exalted leader it is often said, "he was not without flaws." Perhaps when referring to Booker T Washington, it would be more accurate to say, "he was not without virtues." Through his autobiography, we see a man raise himself Up From Slavery to succeed in a white man's world. At first glance, it's easy to assume Booker T Washington was an adequate, if not impressive leader for the black race. Yet upon a closer examination, it is easy to find his thinly veiled motives - completely selfish in nature.... [tags: Biography Biographies Bio]
1019 words (2.9 pages)
- ... Abraham Lincoln was racist and never made the war about slavery until the south was winning all the battles in the first stages of the war and parts of the northern population wanted out of the war. The Emancipation Proclamation was just a military strategy. It accomplished two major things that helped the north eventually win. Banning slavery made the north feel like they had something to fight for. They felt like it was good versus evil. So it was a morale booster. The second and biggest factor was the French.... [tags: civil war, slaves, african americans]
1300 words (3.7 pages)
- From the end of slavery, to the end of the ninetieth century, it was clear to ever American that the emancipation and the reconstruction had not resolved the racial situation in the United States. In the early eighteenth century Booker Taliaferro Washington along with other powerful lenders, lead the way to helping the United States with the issue of racism which was so deeply embedded in the United States. Booker T. Washington lead the way by becoming one of the first African America educators but at a time in America in which it was not the norm and in some parts even legal for an African American to be educated if at all a educator.... [tags: notorious African Americans in history]
1320 words (3.8 pages)
- Defense for Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington is innocent of sycophancy and complacency. The meaning of sycophancy, as we know it, is a self serving flatterer. By far, I do not think that Mr. Washington is one of these. Mr. Washington’s second charge, complacency, according to the online dictionary of Merriam – Webster means, self-satisfaction accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Again, this is far from what Booker T. Washington is guilty of, in fact, Mr.... [tags: Up From Slavery African Americans Essays]
960 words (2.7 pages)
- The Influence of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois on the Writings from the Harlem Renaissance Two of the most influential people in shaping the social and political agenda of African Americans were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois, both early twentieth century writers. While many of their goals were the same, the two men approached the problems facing African Americans in very different ways. This page is designed to show how these two distinct thinkers and writers shaped one movement, as well as political debate for years afterward.... [tags: Writings from the Harlem Renaissance]
2154 words (6.2 pages)